CEO Ben Bentzin honored by Austin Society of Information Management

Nov. 30, 2016

Austin – Interactive Health Technologies, LLC CEO Ben Bentzin received the 2016 Technology Community Leadership Award at the Austin IT Executives of the Year reception presented by the Austin Society of Information Management.

BentzinThe Technology Community Leadership Award recognizes excellence in leadership skills and execution in the eyes of the IT staff and the executive management of the organization with a focus on community involvement and service.

“I am grateful to the Austin chapter of the Society of Information Management for honoring me with this award,” Bentzin said. “Jen Ohlson and I co-founded Interactive Health Technologies, LLC with a vision to transform physical fitness for children, and I’m honored that SIM recognizes the contributions that IHT has made toward getting kids active and fit.” Read More

How to personalize PE for students using heart rate data

Nov. 30, 2016

After three months of working with the adidas Zone for IHT Spirit heart rate monitors during his classes, physical educator Pedro Espinosa gave himself some important homework for the Thanksgiving school holiday. He vowed to add new heart rate data to each of his students’ records inside the IHT Spirit System in order to make each student’s PE experience more personalized.

personalizeBy utilizing each student’s resting (RHR) and max (MHR) heart rates along with gender, height and weight, Espinosa – and any teacher utilizing the IHT Spirit System – can assess student performance based solely on that student’s individual profile, bringing the national trend of personalized learning into PE. Read More

IDEA’s use of IHT Spirit System featured by local CBS affiliate

Nov. 17, 2016IDEA

Last spring, IDEA Public Schools partnered with IHT to use our Spirit System and new adidas Zone for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitors to assess and improve student health.

For at least one student at IDEA’s San Juan College Prep campus, the new technology came at the perfect time. ValleyCentral 4, the local CBS affiliate, featured the school’s use of the Spirit System in a story by Patrick Chalvrie about high rates of obesity and diabetes in the Rio Grande Valley.

IDEA College Prep creates new physical education program to combat childhood obesity

BY PATRICK CHALVIRE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH 2016

It’s well known that obesity and diabetes cases are high in the valley. A big way to help lower those numbers is getting young children involved in a healthy lifestyle early on. One valley school is doing just that and its already helping save lives.

A year ago, seventh-grader Mariel Lugo weighed 240 pounds and was pre-diabetic.

Her uncle began to train her every day, around the same time IDEA College Prep San Juan implemented a new physical education program.

“We decided to go with a non-traditional sport aspect, just go get everyone a fair chance at playing and with that came the exercise,” said PE Teacher Erny Gutierrez.

With the routine similar to CrossFit, the school brought in Interactive Health Technologies Spirit. Partnered with Adidas, IHT introduces grade schools students to the tools and resources to a healthier lifestyle.

A computer monitors a student’s progress, allowing teachers to efficiently track each of the students’ performance in PE class.

“They begin to see it themselves and they no longer need the motivation. They understand like, ‘Wow. I am doing something and it is working and in the long run I’m gonna benefit from this,” said PE Teacher Luis Guardiola.

More than 3,000 children in the Valley are classified as Type 2 diabetic, according to the South Texas Juvenile Diabetes Association. More than 1,700 are classified as Type 1.

 

 

CEO Ben Bentzin Named Finalist for Top Austin Tech Honor

Nov. 15, 2016

Austin – Interactive Health Technologies, LLC CEO Ben Bentzin has been named a finalist for the 2016 Information Technologist of the Year award presented by the Austin Society of Information Management.

BentzinThe ceremony announcing the winner takes place at the Innotech Austin conference Thursday, Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the Austin Convention Center.

“I am grateful to the Austin chapter of the Society of Information Management for nominating me for this award,” Bentzin said. “Jen Ohlson and I co-founded Interactive Health Technologies, LLC with a vision to transform physical fitness for children, and I’m honored that SIM recognizes the contributions that IHT has made toward getting kids active and fit.” Read More

Springdale Public Schools switch PE assessment platforms at all 30 campuses

Nov 3, 2016 

Physical education teachers need better ways to assess student performance, and Robert Ferguson found a better way for teachers in Springdale (Ark.) Public Schools.

Springdale had utilized FitnessGram® software to track assessments of the President’s Youth Fitness Program. Ferguson, Springdale’s Health, PE and Safety Coordinator, said teachers experienced frustrations similar to those that our new partner in Bermuda had experienced. Read More